SURREY: Leatherhead animal charity Wildlife Aid appeals for land

Megan OMahoney with Fleur, a barn owl, during an open day at Wildlife Aid's current site

Megan OMahoney with Fleur, a barn owl, during an open day at Wildlife Aid's current site

First published in News

The county’s most famous wildlife centre is appealing for a generous animal loving landowner to donate a 10 acre site to build a major new environmental centre and animal hospital.

Wildlife Aid, the subject of the long-running TV documentary series Wildlife SOS, has been running from its three-acre site in Randalls Road, Leatherhead, for the last 28 years.

The charity says it has outgrown the premises and now needs a new larger site to continue its work.

Its expertise has led to it being hailed as a centre of excellence in wildlife care, attracting interest and requests for advice from all over the world.

The charity’s founder Simon Cowell said: “In all the years that we’ve been providing care and rehabilitation for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife we’ve learned first-hand how animal welfare, conservation and habitat protection are all closely inter-linked.

“Wildlife Aid has a vital role to play in educating the public, especially the younger generation, about care for the natural environment. We already partner with some local schools on environmental projects but there is so much more that we can do. We cannot, however, do all this on our present site.

“As the only remaining wildlife hospital in Surrey we are already severely over-stretched. Our plan for 2009 is to relocate to a new site in the heart of the Surrey countryside, and create a brand new wildlife centre with educational facilities – enabling us to continue our wildlife rehabilitation work but also to expand our all-important educational role.

“But first we need to find the land – ideally up to 10 acres – and I know there are sites around the county that would be perfect for us. But we need a landowner who shares our vision and is prepared to help us bring our plan to fruition.”

The site Wildlife Aid is looking for must have good road access but in a rural or semi-rural location.

“There must be someone out there who’s willing to help the environment by providing Wildlife Aid with our new site,” said Mr Cowell.

Anyone who can help should call Simon on 07836 635269 or email simon@wildproductions.co.uk.

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